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16 Feb Happy Birthday Rip!

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Today is Rip’s birthday!

If you would like to leave Rip a birthday message, please do so in the comments!

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Engine 2 Team
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The Engine 2 Team is dedicated to helping you become plant-strong! Each of us are on the plant-strong journey right along side of you!

  • Ryan
    Posted at 07:43h, 16 February

    Happy Birthday Rip!
    Thanks to You and the Engine 2 Lifestyle – I’ll be able to celebrate more birthdays!

  • Mary Rocker
    Posted at 08:34h, 16 February

    Happy Birthday to a real inspiration! Thank you!

  • Fran Costigan
    Posted at 09:00h, 16 February

    Happy birthday to you, Rip wtih a side of veggie thanks for all you do!!

  • Jill Stump
    Posted at 09:01h, 16 February

    Happy Birthday Rip!!! Thank you so much for being such a great inspiration. LOVE your birthday cake!!!

  • Beth Walsh
    Posted at 09:05h, 16 February

    Happy Birthday Rip,

    Have a great day and thank you for all you have done to change the lives of so many!!!!!!

  • SusanV
    Posted at 09:08h, 16 February

    Happy birthday, Rip! Thank you for everything you do to keep us eating green and healthy.

  • Carrie Scott
    Posted at 09:10h, 16 February

    Happy Birthday! Thanks for the fantastic support provided by you and your team. Glad to find a great group of people who genuinely care.

  • Carolina
    Posted at 09:14h, 16 February

    Happy Birthday, Rip! I hope you have a fantastic day! You and your parents are such an inspiration. Your book got my best friend to transition to a plant-based diet, something about it just clicked with her. I am honored to have met your parents as they have been a huge inspiration for me as well. Keep on doing what you do!

    Warmest regards,

  • Nancy Mitchell
    Posted at 09:22h, 16 February

    Hey Rip,

    I hope you have the happiest birthday ever!

    I met you last year when I attended the Immersion in Austin – Feb. 2011.


  • Kathy
    Posted at 09:30h, 16 February

    You are SO the Man! Have a wonderful birthday and an even more wonderful year! So many of us have learned so much from you Rip! Thank you for all the lives you’ve touched and continue to touch….:)

  • Lani Muelrath, Plant-strong health & fitness
    Posted at 09:35h, 16 February

    Think there will be enough cake for everyone? What a gorgeous image! I may just have to borrow it to republish.

    Happy birthday Rip!


  • Avital
    Posted at 09:37h, 16 February

    Happy Birthday, Rip! You rock big time. Thanks so much for all you do. You’ve inspired me to reach out to stubborn carnivores to get some plants on their plates. One step at a time, right?

  • Elizabeth
    Posted at 09:37h, 16 February

    Happy Birthday RIP!! Hope all of your birthday wishes come true!!!

  • Sandy Whisman
    Posted at 09:38h, 16 February

    Happy birthday Rip!! Thanks to all the information I have from you and your Dad, I hope to have many more birthdays myself! LOL

  • Shahnaz Baday-Erwin
    Posted at 09:40h, 16 February

    Happy Birthday Rip!!!!!
    The world is a better place now that we know you!

  • Karen
    Posted at 09:45h, 16 February

    Happy birthday, Rip!! Excited for the immersion in March 🙂

  • Marrissa Carrillo
    Posted at 10:01h, 16 February

    Happy Birthday Rip!! Thank you for sharing your amazing diet and story! Have a great one.

  • David Meyer
    Posted at 10:02h, 16 February

    Thanks Rip for everything you do!!! Happy birthday! Your dad is like the Jack Lalanne of doctors to me.

    You both inspire me alot and I am so happy to see your dad so healthy and active at 80 years old.

    Maybe you can do some posts about deep breathing in the future. I think it is really powerful and would even help boost all these plant-based diet followers vitality and energy levels higher.

  • Randy
    Posted at 10:04h, 16 February

    Happy Birthday Rip!
    Your plant based diet with exercise is nothing short of excellent, a real life changer in many positive directions. Your Dad and Mom have been inspirations to so many for years and in multiple facets. Really impressive that you have not only followed their research leads but adapted and added this complete program….. especially delivered with such great energy, motivating all to follow.

    A unbelievable lifestyle changer for myself, wife and our four children. Keep up the great work!

  • Abigail Petersen
    Posted at 10:04h, 16 February

    I appreciate your external ambition to effectively change lives with diet! My (seemingly) already very healthy family has become even more healthy! Your blog is so interpretive, incredible resources, and the recipes are a wonderful staple to any newbies diet!!! Happy Birthday!

  • Connie
    Posted at 10:15h, 16 February

    Happy Birthday, Rip! You’ve made a change in our lives! Thank you SO much for your help and inspiration!

  • Tammy
    Posted at 10:19h, 16 February

    Happy Birthday Rip! I wish you 100 more….

  • Hannah
    Posted at 10:23h, 16 February

    Happy Birthday, Rip!

    You have changed my life and I’m working on getting everyone around me plant strong! Have a wonderful day and a wonderful year. You are such an inspiration!

  • Ruth Boncorddo
    Posted at 10:29h, 16 February

    Thanks so much for starting the Engine 2 program. And having it at Whole Foods has been an Awesome thing. Hope you have an Awesome & healthy birthday!

  • Camille Olsen
    Posted at 10:32h, 16 February

    Wishing you a fantastic birthday and nothing but more and more success for the Engine 2 way of life to be spread all over. Thanks for what you do!

  • Fonnetta S
    Posted at 10:43h, 16 February

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Hope you day is outstanding and you find time to do something you love!
    Our family appriciates all you have done to bring awareness to a Plant Strong way of life…we love it!

  • Star Norris
    Posted at 10:50h, 16 February

    Happy Birthday Rip!
    We so appreciate you and your family’s work on living Plant Strong!
    Have a fun day!
    Best wishes, Star

  • Quinta Peterson
    Posted at 10:51h, 16 February

    Happy Birthday Rip! Thanks for the knowledge, inspiration and encouragement you share everyday with everyone! Hope this day is great for you and that you receive as much as you are constantly giving and more!!

  • Lynn
    Posted at 10:56h, 16 February

    Happy Birthday! I enjoyed reading your book!

  • Cindy
    Posted at 11:05h, 16 February

    Wishing you a wonderful and Happy Birthday and may this be one of your best years yet!!

  • Gloria Murria
    Posted at 11:58h, 16 February

    Happy Birthday, Rip. Many, many more! Thanks to you and your family, I am planning on many, many more for myself!

  • Richard Hickey
    Posted at 12:10h, 16 February

    Happy Birthday Rip!!! I hope you live at least another 150 years or longer. You are an inspiration and showing everyone that a plant healthy diet will work for everyone.

  • Eliza
    Posted at 12:37h, 16 February

    I watched Forks over Knives two nights ago on Netflix, then found your Engine2 to the Rescue show last night. Just in time I would say. I laid in bed last night with my 6 year old daughter holding me as I writhed in pain; I have no idea why… and no way to find out. I believe with all my heart I have the power to fix what is wrong with me and that I was lead to your program so that I could. I can’t afford to attend an immersion, which looks awesome, but I am going to do my own version of immersion starting today. Happy Birthday Rip. Thank you for reaching outside yourself to inspire others. Appreciatcha.

  • Milton
    Posted at 12:46h, 16 February

    Happy Birthday Rip!! Thank you for all “the Esselstyn family” has done over the years to improve the health of so many people!!! Hope you enjoy today, and have many, many more birthdays!! Milton

  • Nicole
    Posted at 13:03h, 16 February

    Happy Birthday Rip! Thanks for all of your hard work and inspiration!

  • Dana
    Posted at 13:58h, 16 February

    Happy b-day, thank you for the inspiration

  • Chris
    Posted at 14:03h, 16 February

    Happy Birthday from Germany. Wish you many more birthdays and a lot of plant-based energy. Thank you for being as you are. : )

  • Jacquie
    Posted at 14:56h, 16 February

    Happy birthday, Rip! On Day three and already feeling more energy! Love your lasagna recipie!

  • Lynn in RI
    Posted at 15:24h, 16 February

    Rip – Happy Birthday!!! We can’t wait to see you in Providence RI – we are all doing E2 with Whole Foods and feeling fabulous!

  • Mackenzie
    Posted at 15:29h, 16 February

    Ode to Rip

    You’ve changed our way of life, it’s all down to you
    Now you have a following who all love Engine 2
    You’re a walking example of what plant strong can be
    So no more meat and dairy or even oil for me
    The message is now spreading across the USA
    Many now are trying to live a healthier way
    Thank you for your book, you have a way with veggies
    Now it’s paying off and I’m shrinking round the edges
    No longer are the scales an instrument of fear
    And I feel the fittest I have for many a year
    So happy birthday Rip, and if I’m ever stuck in a tree
    Guess who I’ll be hoping, will come and rescue me !!!!

  • Hannah Titus
    Posted at 15:41h, 16 February

    Happy birthday !!!!!!!!!! 🙂 I luv your recipes!!!!

  • Carol Carta
    Posted at 15:58h, 16 February

    Happy Birthday to You!!!

  • Beth
    Posted at 16:10h, 16 February

    Happy Birthday! Thanks for spreading the word and keeping the message easy and giving so much free support. I’m 3yrs. plant strong and loving life.

  • Toby
    Posted at 16:32h, 16 February

    Happy Birthday Rip! Love the cake. Keeping it plant strong up in Canada.

  • Ellen Scarisbrick
    Posted at 16:58h, 16 February

    Happy birthday Rip! Keep up the great website and your efforts toward helping people become plant strong.

    My birthday was yesterday and I am 68 years old. No meds. Been following people like Dr. McDougall for many years. McDougall,your dad and Colin Campbell are national treasures and heros to my mind. I feel the tipping point is approaching regards people accepting this way of eating all because of these people and others, like Neal Barnard, Joel Fuhrman and countless others.

    I must admit I have never had a weight problem but my diet did include animal protein for many years. Not now!!!
    Happy to say my BP is 104/62 with pulse 62.
    Been riding my bicycle every day now, rain or shine, for over 7 months and plan to continue!!! Finally found an excerise I enjoy!

    Enjoy your day!!!

  • Jen
    Posted at 17:34h, 16 February

    Hi Rip, I just watched the FOK film and am hooked. I’ve been in a sugar coma for a good 20 out of 27 years of my life! Coming to this realization, on your birthday nonetheless is a sign. Happy Birthday, you are truly an inspiration!

  • Kay Greenwalt
    Posted at 18:50h, 16 February

    Happy Birthday Rip! Love your cake!

  • allie mcc
    Posted at 18:55h, 16 February

    HB2U, HB2U, HBDR, HB2U!
    I’ve been “plant strong” for 2 years now and my allergies, asthma, headaches are gone! Your book/diet is the first one (out of about 20!) that got my husband interested in trying this lifestyle. He has been meat/dairy free for 2 weeks and already lost 10 lbs! We are getting ready to run Napa Marathon in 2 weeks and eating healthy has helped our training tremendously!! thank you!

  • elizabeth
    Posted at 19:07h, 16 February

    You suggested making homemade almond milk since its the “most clean” plant milk. I started making it and its so good, which I would have started making it years ago(although I still like unsweetened soy milk in my decaf coffee).
    Thank you and Happy Birthday!

  • Linda Meyer
    Posted at 19:12h, 16 February

    Happy Birthday! My family is starting your diet Monday! We actually heard about the China Study from our family physician. Your diet might eventually be powering our human powered airplane. Watch our progress at carboncondor.com.

  • Diane
    Posted at 19:31h, 16 February

    Rip! Let ‘er rip! Happy birthday! I know there’ll be many more!

  • Jim
    Posted at 19:41h, 16 February

    Happy birthday Rip! A chance reference to your Dad’s work by my NY based daughter while she was home here in New Zealand last August, led me to start the plant based diet. Lost 3 stones and the belly, and at 65 now as thin as I was as a twenty year old. BP and cholestrol down markedly, and I have a new outlook on life. Keep up the excellent work!

  • Chef Dan
    Posted at 20:03h, 16 February

    I haven’t read a book other than a cookbook in 25 years, no kidding. Tonight we both celebrate, your birthday and I just finished the engine2diet book. Its the first day of the rest of both of our lives.

    Thanks, and Happy Birthday.

  • Beverly Haynes
    Posted at 20:12h, 16 February

    Happy birthday, and may you have many more! We showed ‘Forks Over Knives’ tonight at a local natural foods store. Wish we’d known that it was your birthday – we’d have sung or something, maybe even sunk a candle into that wonderful lime mousse! Yum!!! Hope you’ve had a great day!


  • Tom Snyder
    Posted at 21:44h, 16 February

    Happy BirthdayRip!! I belive the likes of you,your father,Neal Barnard,John McDougal,T Colin Campbell,Dean Ornish and countless others are messengers from our heavenly Father much like the prophets of old .I’ve heard your message loud and clear.You have imspired me to change my life and I don’t plan on ever going back to my old ways. From someone who had 340 cholestrol ,Diabetes and triglicerides of 1500 3years ago . Thank you for for dedication and love for your fellow humans!!!!!

  • Kimberlyn Pena
    Posted at 22:20h, 16 February

    Happy Birthday Rip!! Many warm wishes and I hope you enjoy your day. Usually it’s customary to give the person being celebrated a gift, but it is you who has given the gift of inspiration to live a healthier life. You and your father are truly amazing. Thank you!!

  • Jude
    Posted at 22:28h, 16 February

    Happy golden trip around the sun once again. Without the sun’s energy, we’d be without all that green goodness we love!

  • Linda Carney MD
    Posted at 22:40h, 16 February

    Happy birthday Rip. Thanks for all the good you do for humanity.

  • Jeanette Giles
    Posted at 23:01h, 16 February

    Happy Birthday Rip.

    You look darn young and we know you are very fit. So keep doing what you do best which is inspire us to eat plant strong so that we can look as good as you do. 🙂

  • S. Z.
    Posted at 00:11h, 17 February

    I went shopping today and only bought plant based foods. Lots of leafy greens, sweet potatoes, beans, bananas, almond milk, Grape Nuts, etc. Something has to give or I might not live to see another birthday myself. Thanks for your book and Forks over Knives. In 28 days maybe there will be some improvement and I’ll feel a bit better.

    Happy Birthday!

  • Carole Chapla
    Posted at 05:24h, 17 February

    Happy Birthday, Rip ! Thanks for all you do on the job and with spreading the word about healthy lifestyle . Carole

  • troy champney
    Posted at 12:24h, 17 February

    Happy Birthday Rip! I just found this website and bought your book this week. I m excited to begin the 28 day challenge and gearing up right now. I want to make real changes and begin sharing it with my family friends and students…thank you for engine 2!

  • Edward Ondondo
    Posted at 13:50h, 17 February

    Happy birthday Rip, I have just met you and I would like to say that your words are profound. Your book and documentary is life changing and I hope to give it a try. My wife has been newly diagnosed with type II diabetes so we are in the shock stage, thankfully we are gainfully employed so we have insurance but it is a big game changer
    Thank you engine 2 for responding to the 4 alarm fire.

  • Judy Chaffee
    Posted at 19:33h, 17 February

    A very happy day to a man who has made my day happy as well! Thank you!

  • Judy
    Posted at 20:42h, 17 February

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  • Carol Loftus
    Posted at 20:43h, 17 February

    Happy Birthday! You changed my life! Saw your book in Whole Foods around Christmas and my life has changed!!!! THANKS!!!!!!!

  • Andrea Ramirez
    Posted at 01:09h, 18 February

    Happy Birthday RIp. I am just starting out on the Engine 2 and feel so passionate about it! Time for the rest of America to understand what we are doin to ourselves daily with the food we eat!
    ¡Felix cumpleaños!

    Beale Air Force Base, CA

  • Tom Clarks
    Posted at 02:47h, 18 February

    Happy Birthday Rip. with many more on the horizon. ” REAL MEN EAT PLANTS, REAL MEN EAT PLANTS!, REAL MEN EAT PLANTS!!!.

  • Heidi Jantz Rudolph
    Posted at 11:31h, 18 February

    Happy Birthday, Rip! Won’t we all be a fabulous fifty soon? Congrats from Orange High School on all of your success at changing the world….

  • Lisa
    Posted at 18:29h, 18 February

    Happy Birthday Rip!!! Thanks for all you do in promoting the “plant strong” message. Also, thanks for providing helpful resources to living out this awesome and healthy lifestyle. My life has been truly enriched!! I am so excited!!!

  • Karen
    Posted at 21:50h, 18 February

    Happy birthdayfirst of all. Just watched yoru video and I’m ready to try it. I’ve been vegan for a year and a half, but still eating a lto of processed vegan foods, still diabetic wit kidney disease and othe rocmplications. Ready to get rid of it after 20 years. I wan tot avoid dialysis at all costs.

  • Robert
    Posted at 11:40h, 19 February

    Happy Birthday Rip. Thanks for all your encouragement!

  • Beth and Brian Richmond BC
    Posted at 15:37h, 19 February

    Happy Birthday . We started your Health eating plan 6 months ago, we have had so much success that 12 members of our family took notice and are now on the same path. We are proud to say that our “Healthy Eating Team” has lost in total, over 200 pounds and still counting ( these are big folk). Energetic, happy and looking forward to celebrating many more birthdays with all our family and yours.

  • Michelle R
    Posted at 04:38h, 20 February

    Hope you had a wonderful birthday, Rip! Thank you for all you do for others. I’ve been vegetarian for 15 years, and vegan for 2 years, and now after reading your book, I now feel motivated to become a healthier vegan! Thanks!

  • Sarah
    Posted at 12:24h, 21 February

    Happy Birthday Rip! I’m glad to have met you and have your book/website/family to continue to inspire me and Whole Foods Market customers. Thanks for all you do. Make it a great one! Sarah

  • PaulaC
    Posted at 13:50h, 21 February

    Happy Belated Birthday Rip! hope your celibration lasts all year long!
    Thank you for the insperation to change my eating habits, I am a newbie to the 28 Day Challenge and am still working thru it on my fourth week now. I will say I do feel much better and have a ways to go before my health goals CAN be reached. One meal at a time.Our group is showing Knifes Over Forks at my local health food store this Thursday evening and just found out your even visiting another local healthfood store next week. I will not be able to attend that gathering and will miss meeting you, I may send my E2 book with a friend for your autograph. And will look forward to meeting you another time.
    Many Blessings

  • Nataly
    Posted at 18:04h, 23 February

    Feliz cumpleaños Rip, y muchos mas!

  • Tammy
    Posted at 12:00h, 24 February

    Seriously???!!!!!!! Recently found Engine 2 and Rip… and have been hooked!!! Now I find out we share the same birthday!!!!!!! Happy Belated, Rip!

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